Cambridge Coincidences Collection

Well I Never!

Professor David Spiegelhalter of Cambridge University wants to know about your coincidences!

Memory Card

I have a memory card whose serial number was my phone number (at the time)

Holiday Friend

When I was about 9, a friend of mine at the time was a girl called (for the sake of this) Mona. It was nearing the end of term, and I was heading off for a week in France with my family. We stayed in this small village, with only about 20 houses in the nearby region. You can imagine my surprise when we got there, and we found that inside the neighbouring house was my friend Mona and her family, also staying in the village! The two families hadn't collaborated or planned it, it had just occured.

lucky meeting

I am asking for coincidence stories, but they don't seem to happen to me! The only one I can remember is checking into a run-down hotel in Vienna about 25 years ago, and seeing the name of a friend from my schooldays as the previous entry in the register. I was amazed, but when he walked in the door a minute later I could be very cool and greet him with a casual 'hi Phil', while he was speechless.

Cloudy Pictures

I was once playing Pictionary as a kid and was criticized by my team members, who said 'All your pictures look like clouds!' I drew my next card, and the word I had to draw was.. 'Cloud.' Luckily, they guessed it.

Be careful what you say

When travelling in NZ in 1996 I stayed at a remote and near empty backpacking hostel. Bored one evening I begged the landlord to open up the outdoor spa for a soak, supported by another lonely traveler. We got to talking under the stars and we began to discuss whom and what really annoyed us. I began to talk about one person I found unbearable at school, who'd ended up following me to uni. I'd never much thought of him since leaving college but began to really warm to my topic, describing how he may be the only person I've ever met I'd happily push under a bus.

11.11 time display

Whenever I look at the clock in the morning, 80% of the time, is says 11.11

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